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Mayor meets pupils supporting their community

Published: Monday, 1 April 2019

Mayor meets pupils from Hornchurch High taking pride in their local community

Mayor of Havering presents certificates to pupils who took part in a community volunteer day
The Mayor of Havering thanks pupils from Hornchurch High School for their community spirit

Havering’s Mayor praised pupils from Hornchurch High School for their community spirit when they turned into local volunteers for the day.

Students from year groups seven to 10 stepped out in the community in what they called a Drop Down Day, where students dropped their timetables for the day to focus on PHSE (personal, social, health and economic) and citizenship topics.

Instead, pupils decided to litter pick, pack bags for a local charity at Tesco supermarket, plant bulbs and shrubs for LBH Hostels, tidy green spaces at Langton Gardens and Raphael’s Park and sort and clean items at a Rainbow Trust charity shop.

The day was arranged by their school and Havering Volunteer Centre. More than 90 pupils signed up to get more involved in their local community and to take pride in their surroundings.

Their efforts were rewarded with a trip to Havering Town Hall where they met the Mayor Councillor Dilip Patel and were presented with certificates to acknowledge their efforts.
The Mayor of Havering said:

“The young people are a real credit to the borough and have learned so much about what a difference it can make to a community when we come together and work with the same purpose. They have been learning valuable life skills which will help them in the future.”
Shelley Hart, CEO of Havering Volunteer Centre, added:

“Young people are often getting bad publicity and blamed for anti-social behaviour. These students were a real credit and each and every one of them should feel proud of the achievements they made that day. We are proud to have been part of this “drop down day”.

“The organisations that the students supported said they were amazing and felt that the day was really worthwhile.”

She added that one student was particularly upset that after he had picked up litter someone had dropped more.

“He said he will think twice about any rubbish he has and dispose of it properly from now on,” she said.